Baseball myths revealed!!
1) Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez aren't really friends.
2) The gyroball doesn't exist.
Why is there this shock and dismay that Jeter and Rodriguez don't get along? Two professional baseball players who can't stand the sight of each other? The shock!
The Oakland A's of the 1970s bragged about how each player took their own cab to the ballpark, and they won three titles. Most recently, the Red Sox was another team that rarely got along with each other, and they won it in 2004.
This wouldn't be news if the Yankees had won a World Series since Rodriguez joined the team. Instead, the media churns out another inconsequential piece better suited for placement along Britney Spears' umbrella-swinging antics.
And then, there's the exclusive pieces by Yahoo Sports and ESPN, searching for the mythical gyroball that originated in Japan. If it does exist, it's supposed to be the first new pitch in more than 30 years since the development of the split-fingered fastball.
The pitch's biggest purveyor is Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Red Sox's big acquisition this offseason. Videos of Matsuzaka, supposedly throwing the pitch, show little. The pitch looks like a slider more than anything.
There's more concrete video evidence of the existence of the Loch Ness Monster than there is of the gyroball.